Publication Highlight: State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity
March 4, 2012  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured, Publication  //  No Comment

The newest publication of Worldwatch Institute’s flagship State of the World series, State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity  will be available April 11th, 2012.

At the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, nations made a commitment to sustainable development – an economic system that promotes the health of both ecosystems and humans. Twenty years later, State of the World 2012 examines the current state of the global environment and the impact of human economic activity. It also outlines how to we can move towards developing sustainable prosperity. The publication is intended to drive discussion at the upcoming Rio+20 Conference by highlighting creative policies and novel approaches to advancing sustainable development.

Chapters written by international experts describe current trends in global economics and sustainability, outline policies for solving some of the most pressing environmental issues, and make recommendations on how to reform economic institutions to promote equitable prosperity and ecological sustainability. Some chapters include: “Making the Green Economy Work for Everybody” by Michael Renner, “Planning for Inclusive Sustainable Development” by Eric S. Belsky, and “The Path to Degrowth in Overdeveloped Countries” by Erik Assadourian.

Prof. Maria Ivanova, Director of the GEG Project and Co-Director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, wrote the chapter, “A New Global Framework for Sustainability Governance.” This chapter explores the issue of an optimal design for the international environmental architecture. It highlights the ongoing negotiations to reform UNEP by either enhancing it as a subsidiary of the U.N. General Assembly, or by transforming it into a UN specialized agency and draws attention to the original vision for UNEP, which is still valid today.

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